Monday, January 22, 2007

"Finding Neverland"

This weekend, I watched the movie, “Finding Neverland,” which according to its website, “is a tale of magic and fantasy inspired by the life of James Barrie, the real-life author of the children’s classic, ‘Peter Pan’. Set in London in 1904, the film is a fictional account of Barrie’s creative journey to bring Peter Pan to life, from his first inspiration of the story up until the play’s premiere at the Duke of York’s theater – a night that will change not only Barrie’s own life, but also the lives of everyone close to him.

Inspired by JM Barrie’s real life friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family, “Finding Neverland” is infused with the same themes that make Barrie’s play of, “Peter Pan” so resonant: the wonder of imagination, the nostalgia for childhood innocence, and the longing to believe in something more enchanted than everyday life.”

The exceptional cast of Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman, and Julie Christie bring this tale to life on a personal level. I am quite certain the outstanding talent of Depp and Winslet speaks for itself. This powerful tale encompasses a plethora of life issues.

After watching the movie, I felt compelled to reflect on a few of the issues explored. The tale made me realize love is so much more than what we can express because “the heart sees things the mind knows nothing of.” Love is not two dimensional, nor is it three. It is not marriage, sex, family, perception, friends, or beauty. Nor is it tragic, comical, or moral. It is not about right or wrong, nor is it about societal standards. Love is so much more than our limited human vocabulary could ever portray.

Life is so much more than what we see. It is pirate ships, fairy tales, and playgrounds with turtles, dragons, and a dinosaur named Sammy. It’s not the tedium we have created for ourselves. The trite does not matter: our careers, money, pretension, insecurity, or our constant shallow search for bigger and better fulfillment in material objects. All of those pursuits are unimportant in the grand scheme of what happens in our lives. Humans often forget we are all in this together with the point being we’re here to make each other’s lives better and easier because, in the end, the only thing we take with us is our karmic bank account.

All too often, people are threatened by the rare individuals who “see” this. Why get in the way of someone else’s happiness? Why not find your own childish innocence in which to believe? Celebrate with others the privilege of existing on this planet.

Go watch the movie. Therein lies some inspiration to those open enough to “see” it.

Life, much like love, is not to be understood, but experienced wholeheartedly without abandon.

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